Turkey will escape dependency on foreign energy – minister

Turkey is to invest in a string of projects that will save it from dependency on foreign energy sources, its energy minister told the joint opening ceremony for all electrical facilities constructed in 2017.

Berat Albayrak, who is also President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law, said the goal was for two-thirds of Turkey’s energy production to come from local sources.

This, he said, would come from both renewable sources and locally mined coal.

Turkey had broken records for both production and consumption of energy over the last two years, Albayrak said.

At the same event, Erdoğan told the audience that Turkey had added 8,222 MW of electrical production capacity in 2017.